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Harlan Estate Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley 2001

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H. William Harlan, the founder of Harlan Estate, had a vision. Simply put, he was determined to produce a California "First Growth". Harlan is an entrepreneur with a strong background in real estate and hotel development - someone who has come to understand the importance of "location". Harlan Estate is the result of a twenty year search for prime hillside vineyards, culminated by the patchwork acquisition of 230 acres above the fabled Rutherford-Oakville beachlands. The land is magnificent...oak-studded knolls and valleys, only ten percent of which are now under vine. For nearly two decades, Harlan Estate has been committed to creating a California "First Growth" wine estate. Set in the western hills of Oakville, rising above the fabled Napa Valley benchlands, the estate is over 240 acres of natural splendor; oak-studded knolls and valleys, roughly fifteen percent of which are under vine, planted to the classic varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. But more than that, it is a family homestead; a place of great inspiration, carved from the raw land, built for generations.

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Harlan Estate:
Set in the western hills of Oakville, rising above the tabled Napa Valley benchlands, the estate is over 240 acres of natural .splendor; oak-studded knolls and valleys, roughly fifteen percent of which are under vine, planted to the classic varietals; Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot. Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdoc. But more than that it is a family homestead; a place of great inspiration, carved from the raw land, built for generations.

Member Reviews for Harlan Estate Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley

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Snooth User: mjgglt
7862636
5.00 5
07/07/2008

Dark berry and earth on the nose. Tastes of black cherry, blueberry, anise, black currant and earth. Firm tannins. Good depth and length. Elegant finish. Very nice.


Snooth User: wife of wino
2894023
5.00 5
07/23/2007

Five glasses


External Reviews for Harlan Estate Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley

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Source: Epic Cellars
02/20/2011

Rivaling the 1994 and 1997, the 2001 Harlan Estate is a perfect wine for my palate. Tasted on four separate occasions, this offering, which spent 28 months in oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered, is an extraordinary effort that comes across as a hypothetical blend of Mouton-Rothschild, La Mission-Haut-Brion, and Montrose. A synthesis in style between the more elegant, delineated, structured 1994, and the port-like, over-the-top, viscous 1997, this extraordinary 2001 was the wine of my trip, even though I had already had it from bottle several months earlier. An inky/purple color is accompanied by a stupendous bouquet of lead pencil shavings interwoven with coffee, new saddle leather, melted licorice, cedarwood, black currant liqueur, and violets. Explosive richness, a marvelous, full-bodied texture, and fabulous purity, concentration, complexity, and nobleness are the stuff of legends. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2028+.



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H. William Harlan, the founder of Harlan Estate, had a vision. Simply put, he was determined to produce a California "First Growth". Harlan is an entrepreneur with a strong background in real estate and hotel development - someone who has come to understand the importance of "location". Harlan Estate is the result of a twenty year search for prime hillside vineyards, culminated by the patchwork acquisition of 230 acres above the fabled Rutherford-Oakville beachlands. The land is magnificent...oak-studded knolls and valleys, only ten percent of which are now under vine. For nearly two decades, Harlan Estate has been committed to creating a California "First Growth" wine estate. Set in the western hills of Oakville, rising above the fabled Napa Valley benchlands, the estate is over 240 acres of natural splendor; oak-studded knolls and valleys, roughly fifteen percent of which are under vine, planted to the classic varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. But more than that, it is a family homestead; a place of great inspiration, carved from the raw land, built for generations.

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